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Technology Entrepreneurs 

By Catherine C. Veal, Vice President for Advancement 

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for Entrepreneurs (TALENT) program, thanks to ^f science, mathematics and 

Virginia B. Cherry (see page 9). technology education. 

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off-campus and virtual learning experiences and commercial ideas not only lack the 

resources to stimulate and encourage entrepre- ^^^^^ ^^ explore the idea, but also lack 

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IMSA students and other talented Illinois students. needed to take a product to market," said David 

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Illinois Coalition's goal of driving economic growth for today's most popular handheld devices. 

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existed when she was at IMSA. "Two of NBPTS Certification 12 

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learning to be an entrepreneur are Modeling Contest 8 

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Traditional educational institutions 
prepare students for traditional jobs in 
business, education, government, and 
the arts. Today's graduates will be faced 
with broader opportunities, including 
many in the world of entrepreneurship. 
Young people need an early orientation 
to this new world, where they can be 
the beneficiaries of their own creativity 
and energies, J J said John Maxson, 
Illinois Coalition president. 


A Pioneering Educational Community 


Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy* 

1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 



Dr. Luis Nunez 

Deputy Associate Laboratory Director 

Physical, Biological & Computing Sciences 

Argonne National Laboratory 

Steven Isoye 

Principal, O'Plaine Campus 
Warren Township High School 


Dr. Victoria Chou 

Dean, College of Education 

University of Illinois at Chicago 

Dr. Stanley E. Fish 

Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 

University of Illinois at Chicago 

Sheila MB Griffin 


Griffin Holdings 

John H. McEachern, Jr 

Retired President/CEO 

Wayne Circuits, Inc. 

Kevin Murphy 


Lyons Township High School 

Dr. Chris Quigg 

Senior Theoretical Physicist 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

Dr Marsha Rosner 

Professor and Director 

Ben May Institute for Cancer Research 

University of Chicago 

Jesus Manuel Sosa 


Chicago Public Schools 

Sharon Tenhouse 


Liberty Elementary School 


Dr. Sherry Eagle 


Aurora West School District 129 

Dr Daniel LaVista 

Executive Director 

Illinois Board of Higher Education 

Geoffrey S. Obrzut 


Illinois Community College Board 

Dr. Robert Schiller 

State Superintendent 

Illinois State Board of Education 


Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall 

NOVA is published by the 
IMSA Office of Advancement. 

Send comments or questions to: 
Editor and Writer 

Brenda Buschbacher 

Find Virtual Treasures 
on IMSA's 21 GIF Web Site 

By Jane St. Pierre, Director of Marketing and Communications 

How can knowledge of the "Opaque Web" 
improve your Internet research results? Where 
are the best sites about women in World War 
II? Through IMSA's 21st Century Information 
Fluency Program (21CIF), Illinois teachers and 
school librarians uncover the secrets of finding 
rich educational resources on the Web. 

More than 400 Illinois educators have enrolled 
in free online courses and workshops to learn 
the art of locating, evaluating and using 
Internet resources in the classroom. 

A Center for Life Long 

While many educators enrolled in 21CIF 
courses and workshops, the 21CIF Web 
site { is a hub for 
ongoing services and community building. 
The goal of the Web site is to build a 
community among colleagues who are 
dedicated to bringing online resources to 
school libraries and classrooms. It keeps 
members informed about news, services 
and programs, and developments in 
digital information services. 

"While the formal 21CIF courses and 
workshops are key components of the 
project, the Web site is a source for 
ongoing professional development," said 
Bob Houston, IMSA 21CIF project director. 

Practical Tools for School 
Libraries and Classrooms 

The Teaching/Learning Materials section 
of the Home Page provides tools to 
start a school-based Information 
Fluency Program. 

This section features "Self Guided Micro- 
Modules", an online teaching and learning 
package consisting of short, self-guided 
lessons that cover a wide range of 
Internet topics. The individual modules 
can be used by anyone from sixth grade 
through adult learners. 

The Teaching/Learning Materials section 
of the Web site also features Lesson Plans 
that use Internet resources and a Guide 
on creating a school- based Information 
Fluency Program. Produced by Illinois 

educators, the guide and lesson plans 
address National and State technology 

A Source for Local 
News/National Trends 

The News Section covers headline stories 
on Internet trends and resources such as 
the latest poll of the seven largest 
Internet search engines. It also highlights 
timely information about 21CIF course 
and workshop openings and registration. 

The Links section contains Web links 
to items of interest and resources for 
educators. This section is constantly being 
updated with new and useful information. 

Networking Opportunities 

The website's Community Center enables 
educators to become part of an online 
community where they can share ideas, 
problem solve and network. Here educa- 
tors can be part of a weekly discussion 
forum, join a newsletter mailing list or 
visit a photo gallery of 21CIF members. 

IMSA also works closely with organiza- 
tions like the Illinois School Library Media 
Association (ISLMA) to get expert advice 
on the needs of Illinois educators. 

"ISLMA members are the 'eyes and ears' 
of Illinois school librarians, teachers and 
students, giving us the practical advice 
we need to develop relevant Internet 
tools for the classroom." said Dr. David 
Barr, director for Development of Online 
Resources at IMSA. 

To join the community of educators who 
are dedicated to digital information 
literacy, go to { 
Funded by a grant from the U.S. 
Department of Education -Funds for the 
Improvement of Education, IMSA 21CIF 
instructional programs and services are 
free of charge to Illinois K-12 educators. 
Additional supporters include Andrew 
Corporation/Aileen S. Andrew Foundation 
and Ameren Corporation. 


IMSA Kids Institute' Serves Thousands of Illinois Youth 

By Britta Wilk McKenna, IMSA Kids Institute' Coordinator 

Due to popular demand, the IMSA on 
Wheels assembly-style science show will 
take centerstage this summer on Main 
Street at the Illinois State Fair. IMSA on 
Wheels and other programs presented 
through the IMSA Kids Institute' have more 
than 6,000 Illinois youths clammering 
for more. 

Each year, more than 125 IMSA students 
share their love of math and science with 
young people throughout Illinois. Through 
the Kids Institute (Kl), IMSA students learn 
the rewards of community service as they 
become tutors, classroom presenters and 
workshop leaders to Illinois youth. 

KI Leaders Win Awards 

Several Kl student volunteers were 
recently recognized for their service to 
Illinois. IMSA seniors Shareese Pryor and 
Alice Zhao of Aurora received the Aurora 
Youth Character Award for their Kids 
Institute and volunteer work in the 
Aurora community (see photo). 

Kl volunteer Kevin Bock of Geneva was 
selected as one of two IMSA seniors to 
receive the Illinois Principals Association 
(IPA) Youth Leadership Award (senior 
Annie Ko of Bolingbrook was the other 

IMSA on Wheels Rolls into 
Central Illinois 

IMSA on Wheels, IMSA's mobile science 
theater program, is now operating at 
full throttle. 

Just this year alone, 12 IMSA students 
presented IMSA on Wheels science shows 
to 32 schools and more than 5,000 elemen- 
tary students. A spring break tour through 
the Central Illinois towns of Streator, Peoria, 
Tremont, Bloomington and Normal 
reached five schools and 950 students 
in three days. 

Juniors Jessica Parr of Bradley and Susan 
Pinto of Chicago developed the new 
show, "Air and Pressure" for their IMSA 
inquiry project. In addition, senior Kevin 
Bock created an IMSA on Wheels DVD to 

IMSA seniors Danielle Ruffin, Shareese Pryor and Alice Zhao of Aurora receive the American 
Youth Character Award during the City of Aurora's 3rd Annual American Youth Character 
Awards luncheon sponsored by the Aurora Kiwanis Club. Also pictured are Aurora Chief of 
Police William Lawler and Vernon LaVia of the Aurora Kiwanis. 

be distributed to elementary and middle 
schools in the fall of 2004. 

This summer, IMSA on Wheels also will 
perform at the Main Street stage at the 
Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Saturday, 
August 14 and Sunday, August 15. 
In addition. Bock will perform a live 
teleconference to the State Fair. 

Elementary Students Join 
"Club IMSA" 

Launched in January, Club IMSA is an 
after school literacy and math program 
led by IMSA Kl student volunteers for 
31 students in grades 2-5 at Johnson 
Elementary School in East Aurora. 

Inquiry student Shareese Pryor of Aurora 
and mentorship student Janet D'Souza 
of Chicago led the literacy portion of 
the project and Darian Turner of East 
St. Louis and Alice Zhao of Aurora led 
the math tutoring. 

Donors Support KI 

The IMSA Kids Institute continued to 
receive external funding support from 

the following generous donors during 
the 2003-04 school year: 

• The City of Aurora once again 
contributed $30,000 for operational 
support and scholarships; 

• BP contributed $10,000 to support 
the IMSA on Wheels DVD Project 
and Science Explorers, Jr. Camp; 

• 3M continued to support Kl with a 
grant of $5,000 for IMSA on Wheels; 

• Target Stores provided a grant of 
$2,000 to support Project READ; and 
an Aurora area business campaign 
supported six full Kl summer camp 

A more detailed description of Summer 
2004 Kl camps can be found online at 

For information about the IMSA Kids 
Institute" or to be placed on the Kids 
Institute mailing list, please visit or call 
(630) 907-5987. 


Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy* 

1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora. Illinois 60506-1000 




James R. Thompson 

Partner and Chairman of the 
Executive Committee 
Winston & Strawn 

Michael J. Birck 

William J. White 

Northwestern University 

Gregory K. Jones 

Edgewater Funds 


Dr. Nandu N. Thondavadi 

Founding Chairman, President and CEO 

Mascon Global Limited 

Catherine C. Veat 

Vice President for Advancement 


Susan Snell Barnes 
President and CEO 
The Landmark Group of Companies 

John F. Berger 

Chairman and CEO 

Universal Internet Properties, Inc 

G. Thomas Castino 

Consultant to the President (Retired) 
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. 

Martin J. DiMarzio '95 
Sen/or Consultant 
Deloitte & Touche 

Michael W. Ferro, Jr. 

Chief Executive Officer 
Click Commerce. Inc. 

Sandra Goeken 

Vice Chairman 
The Goeken Group 

Chelsy A. Hopper '92 

Graduate Student 
University of Illinois 

Richard A. Lumpkin 

Chairman and CEO 

Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company 

James D. Pearson 

(Retired) President 

Aurora Metals Division, L.L.C. 

Sendhil R. Revuluri '90, CFA 


Bronx Academy of Letters 

Robert E. Spitzer 

Vice President 

External Affiliations/University Relations 

The Boeing Company 

IMSA Alumni Profile: Erin Roche '89 

By Eric J. Rettberg, Resident Counselor and Alumni Program Assistant 

Educational Leader, 
Chicago Public Schools 

The story of Erin Roche, professional 
educator and IIVISA '89 graduate, makes 
it clear that the Academy's influence 
includes the field of education. 

Today, Roche is an assistant principal at 

Noble Street High School, a charter 

school under the Chicago Public Schools 

Roche, one of the first beneficiaries 

of IMSA's unique 

educational model, 

acknowledges his 

IMSA experience as 

one factor that 

influences the way 

he views his work 

as an educator at a 

different kind of 

alternative high 


"One of the things 
I learned at IMSA," 
says Roche, "is that 
it's so important to 
have some adult 
connection, some- 
one who is looking 
out for you on 
every level — aca- 
demic, social, intel- 
lectual, spiritual — 
making sure you're 
having fun and making good friends, 
making sure you're developing yourself. 
I experienced that kind of situation with 
several teachers at IMSA, and it's a real 
focus of my interactions with students 
and co-workers at Noble Street." 

"Noble Street has been around for five 
years. It focuses on college prep, but it's 
nonselective — the student body is chosen 
by a stria lottery system, and anyone can 
apply. There are about 470 students; 80% 
are African American, 12% are Latino, 
and 85% come from low-income families." 

In June 2003, Noble Street graduated its 
first class, and its success speaks to the 
devotion of its staff. "100% of the class 
graduated, and about 80% went on to 
post-secondary school," says Roche. 
"That's phenomenal for a city school." 

Noble Street focuses on developing the 
whole person; physical fitness is a strong 
emphasis, as is an emphasis on positive 
interaction between adults and students. 

"One of the reasons 
I like Noble Street 
so much is its 
advisory system," 
says Roche. A class 
period each day 
finds an adult 
advisor "constantly 
encouraging the 
students, pushing 
them to do better." 

of IMSA 

While many IMSA 
graduates go on to 
careers specifically 
oriented toward 
math, science, and 
technology, IMSA 
provides a holistic 
education that 
provides its gradu- 
ates with an endless 
variety of other careers. Roche sees these 
non-math-and-science-related opportunities 
as an essential part of IMSA's role. 

"A few engineers or computer scientists 
coming out of IMSA will not solve Illinois' 
problems," says Roche. "It's a variety of 
careers, an emphasis on forming ethical 
leaders with strong values, that will improve 
the state. A background in math and 
science can help someone do any job well." 

Grants Extend IMSA's Reach in Illinois 

A $210,000 grant from the Grand Victoria 
Foundation to support the Problem-Based 
Learning Network at IMSA tops the list of 
major grants received this year through 
the IMSA Fund for Advancement of 

This second grant from the foundation 
(the IMSA Fund received a $100,000 grant 
in 2003) will provide ongoing support to 
deliver high quality professional develop- 
ment for two more years to area teachers 
and school districts involved in IMSA's Fox 
Valley Problem-Based Learning initiative. 

Participating schools and districts include 
Batavia School District #101, Burlington 
School District #301, East Aurora School 
District #131, St. Charles School District 
#303 and Marmion Academy in Aurora. 

Ameren Grant Serves 
Central and Southern Illinois 

in addition to the Grand Victoria 
Foundation grant, a grant from St. Louis- 
based energy services company Ameren 
Corporation will help IMSA serve central 
and southern Illinois. 

In addition to supporting PBL training, 
the Ameren funds will support IMSA's 
Excellence 2000-h Program, a mathematics 
and science enrichment program for 
Illinois middle schools, and the 21st 
Century Information Fluency Project 
(see story on page 2), an Internet skills 
program for Illinois teachers. 

"Supporting our teachers is an invest- 
ment in the future of our state," said 
Richard J. Mark, Ameren vice president 
of Governmental Policy and Consumer 

Chicago Community 
Foundation, SBC and Molex 
Support Other IMSA Programs 

The Chicago Community Foundation, the 
SBC Foundation and Molex Incorporated 
each contributed $25,000 to the IMSA 
Fund for a variety of IMSA programs. 

Dr. Norman Lederman, chair of the 
Department of Mathematics and Science 
Education at the Illinois Institute of 
Technology, addressed teachers May 14 
in IMSA's Fox Valley Problem-Based 
Learning Initiative. 

The Chicago Community Foundation 
grant supported IMSA's Assessment 
Capacity Building Project designed to 
build an assessment system to transform 
the way schools measure student success. 

This new system will focus on measuring a 
student's "deep conceptual understanding" 
of subjects rather than simply measuring 
how well a student remembers facts 
and content. 

A grant from the SBC Foundation allowed 
IMSA to enhance and expand its Student 
Leadership Development program by sup- 
porting a number of new initiatives to 
help students gain a better understanding 
of ethical decision-making. 

Student leadership initiatives supported by 
the grant include a weeklong leadership 
training seminar, a leadership symposium 

and the creation of a student-produced 
multi-media CD-ROM containing a leader- 
ship guide for other Illinois schools. 

Finally, a grant from Molex Incorporated 
supported the IMSA Great Minds Program®. 
The Great Minds Program is shared with 
students and teachers throughout Illinois 
and beyond through seminars, dialogues 
and community lectures. 

Other Gifts to the IMSA Fund 

other recent gifts to the IMSA Fund 
included a $10,000 grant from the Circle 
of Service Foundation Inc. in Vernon Hills, 
IL. and a $5,000 grant from Lucent 
Technologies for IMSA's S.E.A.M.S. 
(Summer Enrichment for Academics in 
Mathematics and Science) program. 

This two-week residential program at 
IMSA serves underrepresented students 
entering the 9th grade who need to 
further improve their mathematics, 
science and English skills. 

The S.E.A.M.S. program includes a variety 
of hands-on experiential learning oppor- 
tunities and fosters group inquiry and 
problem-solving. Activities include topics 
in geometry, observation skills, physics 
and research skills. 

What Others Say About IMSA 

State and National 
Media Tout IMSA 

"... the Illinois Math and Science 
Academy offers a different vision 
of what education could be. 
Or should be." 

Peoria Journal Star 

January 1 1, 2004 

One only needs to read recent 
articles in The Wall Street Journal, 
the Chicago Sun-Times, the Peoria 
Journal Star, the national School 
Library Journal or Illinois Issues 
magazine to realize the breadth 
and depth of IMSA's influence. 

These are among numerous 
media that have profiled IMSA's 
value to the state of Illinois and 
nation in recent months. 

The Wall Street 
Journal Ranking 

In the April 2, 2004 issue of The Wall 
Street Journal, IMSA was recognized as 

one of the top 65 "successful high schools 
across the country" based on admission 
to 10 selective colleges, including seven 
Ivy League schools. 

In the story, "The Price of Admission: 
Your Tuition Dollars at Work," IMSA was 
also recognized as a high school that 
"delivered the most value." 

Experiment in Learning 

In October 2003, the Chicago Sun-Times 
article "Experiment in Learning" profiled 
the Academy's charter class, the Class 
of 1989, 15 years after they graduated. 
The article featured interviews with IMSA 
graduates who are now making their 
mark in a variety of fields including 
science, education, business, computer 
science and others. 

IMSA Alum Thandeka Chapman of 
DeKalb, an assistant professor of urban 
education at the University of Wisconsin- 
Milwaukee, told the Sun-Times that her 
three years at IMSA were "intense." 

"It was probably the toughest three years 
I've ever endured," Chapman said. "But I'm 
definitely glad I went there ... I wish more 
kids could experience the learning I did." 

Alum Erin Roche (see his profile on page 4), 
assistant principal at Noble Street Charter 
School in Chicago, said the IMSA teachers 
had a real passion for their subjects. 

"Lots had such wonderful enthusiasm, it 
was palpable," Roche told the Sun-Times. 
"You could just see the vibrations off 
their skin when kids got it." 

In addition to the Sun-Times article on 
IMSA's Charter Class, IMSA President Dr. 
Stephanie Pace Marshall was recognized 
by the newspaper this spring as one of 
the 100 most powerful women in Chicago, 
and one of the 10 most powerful in the 
field of education. 

Degree of Excellence 

In January 2004, the Peoria Journal Star 
profiled students from the Peoria and 
Bloomington-Normal readership area after 
visiting the Academy earlier in the year. 

The article "Degree of Excellence" took 
an in-depth look at the daily life of an 
IMSA student and at what makes its 
learners "decidedly different." 

The article described IMSA as a "collabo- 
rative, research-based environment" 

that is "further fueled by a mandatory 
research and inquiry requirement that 
exposes students to scholars and scientists 
at more than 100 institutions in and 
around Chicago." 

Student Nick Rossi of Tremont told reporter 
Pam Adams that one outcome of the 
collaborative environment at IMSA was 
that "cliques" hardly exist. 

"There's no room for them, we're all so 
dependent on each other." 

"Hardly Rocket Science" 

In February 2004, the national School 
Library Journal touted IMSA's 21st 
Century Information Fluency Program 
(see article on page 2) for helping to 
bridge the information gap between 
mathematics and science teachers and 

In the 21st Century Information Fluency 
Program (21CIF), teachers and librarians 
throughout Illinois participate in online 
professional development workshops to 
help improve math and science learning 
in the classroom. 

The article "Hardly Rocket Science" cited 
specific examples of how IMSA's 21CIF 

Program is helping to improve learning in 
Illinois classrooms including the following: 

In the IMSA Information Fluency project... 
participating math and science teachers 
and their librarian peers have created 
engaging and dynamic lesson plans. For 
example, science teacher Belinda Veillon 
and media specialist Jane Larson from 
Nippersink Middle School in Richmond, IL, 
co-designed a unit to teach gifted sixth 
graders how to find sites with credible 
information on nanotechnology. 

This project appears on 
the 21CIF Web site at 

In addition, the 
article also featured 
online math and , 

science tools for 
librarians recom- 
mended by Paula 
Garrett, coordina- 
tor of the IMSA 
Resource Center. 

Illinois Issues Magazine 

In the May 2004 issue of Illinois Issues 
magazine, the article "Brain drain" 
examined the need for educators in 
Illinois who can help to increase the 
math and science talent pool in an 
increasingly high-tech world. 

The article touts IMSA as a school "built 
in 1985 to tackle sagging interest and 
performance head on and build Illinois' 
future talent pool." 

IMSA is cited as a school where teachers 
"fight Americans' social acceptance 
of statements such as 'I was never any 
good at math,'." 

Dr. Marshall told reporter Marcia Frellick 
the need to change math and science 
curriculum materials currently being used. 

Marshall told Illinois Issue^., "This is the 
age of mathematics and science. What 
has been discovered in the last 20 years 
is phenomenal. If our kids cannot speak 
it fluently, they will be locked out of the 
world's equntion." 

IMSA Students Hit Grand Slam 
at Math Modeling Contest 

By Brian Thornburg, Assistant Writer 

Who says today's students don't find 
math relevant? 

A team of three IMSA students put their 
mathematical and problem- solving skills 
to work to create a mathematical model 
focusing on the dimensions of various 
Major League Baseball parks and how 
"fair" they are to player performance. 

For the second consecutive year, Jeffrey 
Chang of Glenview, Alex Garivaltis of 
Hinsdale, and David Xu of Naperville 
received the highest ranking possible 
of "National Outstanding" at the High 
School Mathematical Contest in Modeling 
(HiMCM). Only eight teams out of 274 
that competed nationwide received 
this ranking. 

Teams of up to four students from 43 
high schools across the country worked 
at their schools during a predetermined 
36-hour period. Each team chose one of 
two modeling problems offered and 
then constructed their solutions. 

"I was excited and proud when I saw that 
we had won," said Chang. "When I saw 

David and Alex we just gave each other 
really big grins," he said. "There is a really 
nice sense of satisfaction, after we put in 
these grueling 36 hours, to know that we 
did a good job." 

Ball Park Basics 

Fence distances from home plate and 
outfield wall heights were taken into 
consideration for the model, as well as 
atmospheric conditions such as wind 
speed and air pressure. 

field and 335 to right field. Their paper 
will be published this spring in a special 
issue of the COMAP (Consortium for 
Mathematics and Its Applications) bulletin. 

Students determined of the six ballparks 
analyzed, Yankee Stadium in New York 
City provided the optimal conditions for 
player performance. Other parks that 
followed in ranking order from favorable 
to less favorable were parks in Atlanta, 
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Miami, Anaheim 
and Denver. 

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IMSA Senior Named to USA TODAY'S 2004 
All-USA High School Academic First Team 


> 2004, USA TODAY Reprinted with pen 

Bobby Xu 

IMSA senior Bobby 
Xu of Naperville was 
the only student 
from Illinois to be 
named to USA 
TODAY'S 2004 All- 
USA High School 
Academic First Team. 
He was one of 20 
students named 

in its 18th annual competition out of 
more than 1,600 nominees nationwide. 
"These students are truly an example 
of outstanding scholarship, intellectual 
achievement and leadership. We are 

proud to recognize these exceptional 
students who inspire us all," said USA 
TODAY Editor Ken Paulson. 

For a full excerpt of the USA TODAY article, 
go to 

Xu plans to attend Harvard in the fall. In 
addition to Xu, IMSA senior Peter Wang 
of Naperville received an honorable 
mention in the competition. 

Both Wang and Xu also were named 
semifinalists earlier in the year in the 63rd 
Intel Science Talent Search competition. 
Xu's research, conducted through the 
IMSA Mentorship Program and focused 
in the field of biomedical engineering, 
investigated the development of effective 

treatments for brain disorders such as 
epilepsy and schizophrenia. He is first 
author of a paper published in Physics 
in Medicine and Biology and also was a 
delegate to the NATO science conference 
in Hungary. Outstanding individual schol- 
arship or intellectual achievement, and 
leadership roles in activities on or off 
campus were the most important criteria 
to the USA TODAY judges. Students also 
were judged on academic performance, 
honors, awards, rigor of academic pursuits 
and the ability to express themselves in 
writing. USA TODAY is the nation's top- 
selling newspaper with a total average 
daily circulation of 2.3 million. It is 
published via satellite at 36 locations 
in the USA and at four sites abroad. 


scientist and getting funding for good ideas is very difficult," 
she said. A founding scientist of Meoigen Biotechnology, Inc.,, Ward began her research during her IMSA 
years, working with Dr. Leonard Maroun at Southern Illinois 
University School of Medicine in Springfield. Eventually, the mouse 
studies that were part of Ward's project became proof of concept 
for a series of patents to use anti-interferons to treat Down 
Syndrome. To translate their idea from lab to clinic and get 
promising drugs to market, Meiogen was born. The company's 
proprietary products and methods center on cytokine-related 
neurological diseases like Down Syndrome, Alzheimer's and 
AIDS dementia. While the science is "going really well," Ward 
says attracting venture capital can be taxing. "Unfortunately, 
many investors do not feel that a drug for Down Syndrome is 
very marketable. We are trying to change that misperception," 
she said. 

Ben Chelf '96 is one of the founders of Coverity, Inc.,, which provides state-of-the-art source 
code analysis technology. His work was featured in the April 
issue of Linux Magazine, The technology 
is considered breakthrough because it can detect many types 
of bugs extremely efficiently in real systems such as Linux. 

"Through starting a company, I learned so much about how 
technology can be taken from academia and applied in the 
real world," Chelf said. "The fact that IMSA is now taking 
steps to assure that students ten years my junior can learn 
these same lessons is encouraging. Initiating the TALENT 
program solidifies my belief that the Academy is on the 
cutting edge of educating our future leaders to guide 
Illinois, our nation and the world." 

Eric McLaren, IMSA vice president for academic programs 
and principal, looks forward to IMSA's expanding role in 
nurturing budding science and technology entrepreneurs. 
"We eagerly anticipate that more of our graduates and 
other talented Illinois students will follow in the footsteps 
of pioneering IMSA alumni like Dave, Jenn and Ben," he said. 

Virginia B. Cherry 
Gives $150,000 for 

The IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education 
has received a major gift of $150,000 from 
Virginia B. Cherry, in memory of her husband, 
Walter L. Cherry, to help jump start IMSA TALENT 
Mrs. Cherry's generous commitment will fund 
the IMSA TALENT Cherry Apprentices Program, a 
formal three-year pilot program, in collaboration 
with the Illinois Coalition,, to 
help launch IMSA TALENT and test various ideas 
and strategies for developing high school students' 
interests and skills in entrepreneurial science and 
technology applications. Walter Cherry, who died in 
1996, founded Cherry Corporation,, 
50 years ago with an idea to provide an improved 
snap action electrical switch. Based in Waukegan, IL, 
today the company is a global leader in the design, 
development, and manufacture of automotive switches 
and modules, computer keyboards, and switches and 
controls for various commercial and industrial applications. 

Mr. Cherry was an early fan of IMSA and Mr. and Mrs. 
Cherry were early donors to the IMSA Fund. Peter 
Cherry, Chairman and President of Cherry Corporation, 
said, "My father was imbued with the entrepreneurial 
spirit and knew of its vital importance to the future of 
industry in not only this country, but also the world. 
Upon his return from every visit to IMSA, he came back 
with a genuine and infectious enthusiasm for the young 
people he had met, so my mother and I are certain he 
would be delighted to support IMSA's exciting TALENT 

IMSA President Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, said, "We 
are deeply honored and very grateful that the Cherry 
family shares our far-reaching commitment to develop 
talent and leadership in mathematics, science and 
technology for society and the workforce of tomorrow." 


Service to Illinois and Beyond 

Professional Contributions 

Recent examples include: 

Dr. Raymond Dagenais, IMSA professional 
development specialist in mathematics 
and science, assisted in the development 
and review of the new physics teacher 
certification test as a member of the 
Illinois State Board of Education's Physics 
Content Advisory Committee. 

Physics teacher Laura Nickerson (IMSA '92) 
was nominated to the National American 
Association of Physics Teachers Committee 
on Minorities in Physics. In this role, 
Nickerson will help to find more effec- 
tive ways of recruiting and retaining 
minorities in physics careers and help 
minority physicists to overcome barriers 
to career development. 

Dr. Peggy Connolly, mentorship 
coordinator for the Mentorship-lnquiry 
Team, was elected as a member of 
the Board of Directors of the National 
Association of the Academies of Science 
(NAAS) and the NAAS official delegate to 
the Council of the American Association 
for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 

Principal Eric McLaren served as the 
North Central Association Visitation Team 
Chairman for St. Charles North High 
School. In this role, McLaren helped 
to guide the accreditation process to 
lead St. Charles in the development and 
implementation of strategies to address 
their school improvement goals. 

Mathematics teacher Dr. Michael Keyton 

presented The Midsegment Theorem in 
(un) important and Theorems of Mystery 
at the Teachers Teaching with Technology 
International Conference in New Orleans. 

IMSA Chief of Security Jim Bondi 
authored the chapter School Security and 
Strategic National Stockpile Distribution 
Site Operation in the recently published 
book The First 72 Hours: A Community 
Approach to Disaster Preparedness. 

Wellness teacher Barbara Baber will serve 
as a Trainer this summer for the National 
Board of Professional Teaching Standards. 
In this role, Baber will train and supervise 

other physical education teachers as 
Assessors (scorers) for the Documented 
Accomplishments portfolio entry for Early- 
Middle Childhood Physical Education and 
Early Adolescent to Young Adulthood 
Physical Education. 

Student Achievements 

Recent examples include: 

IMSA senior Bobby Xu of Naperville 
was the only student from Illinois to be 
named to USA TODAY'S 2004 All-USA 
High School Academic First Team. He 
was one of 20 students named in its 
18th annual competition out of more 
than 1,600 nominees nationwide. 

IMSA junior Timothy Credo of Highland 
Park was one of only 24 students selected 
to be a member of the United States 
Physics Team out of more than 1,500 
nominees nationwide. IMSA senior Paul 
Bierdz of Oak Forest also was named a 
semi-finalist in the competition. Credo 
was selected as a member of the team 
based on a semi-final exam, his transcript 
and academic summary, an application 
and letter of recommendation. 

IMSA seniors Joshua Johnson of 
Channahon and Aretha Chakraborti of 

Naperville co-presented Using Tissue 
Culture for Inquiry in the Science 
Classroom with IMSA science teacher 
Dr. Don Dosch and Dr. Judith Scheppler, 
coordinator of the Grainger Center for 
Imagination and Inquiry, at the American 
Society for Cell Biology annual meeting. 

IMSA's 17-member Science Olympiad 
Team finished third in the state, earning 
medals in 10 events at the Illinois State 
Science Olympiad. 

IMSA junior Yuguan Shen of Springfield 
was a national finalist in the Young 
Epidemiology Scholars competition. 
He was selected for his study on the 
mortality rate during the 1995 Chicago 
heat wave and how this could help 
target public health efforts to prevent 
premature deaths. 

IMSA senior Jeff Chang of Glenview was 
chosen to participate in the International 
Science and Engineering Fair in Korea. 

IMSA seniors Maggie Biel of Harwood 
Heights and Mark Czynski of Mundelein 
were selected to present papers at 
Sakharov Readings in St. Petersburg, 
Russia. Biel's research Stability of Phase 
Markers of Melatonin and Temperature 
Over Phase Shifts Under Normal Sleep 
Conditions was conducted in IMSA's 
Mentorship Program at Northwestern 
University Medical School. Czynski's 
research Extending the Search for 
Supersymmetry with CDF Data also 
was conducted in mentorship at the 
University of Chicago and Fermilab 
in Batavia. 

Twenty-eight IMSA students received 
medals in the National Russian Essay 
Contest and four of them earned Gold 
or Silver certificates of merit from the 
Pushkin Institute in Moscow. 

IMSA junior Conan Liu of Hanover Park 
was awarded a full scholarship to the 
2004 Telluride Association Summer 
Program at Cornell University titled 
"Pleasure and Danger: Bodies in History, 
Science, Literature and Philosophy." 

IMSA senior Agnes Rec of Wheaton 
earned second place in the nation on the 
National French Exam (Level 5). As a result 
she competed and won a scholarship to 
study at the Sorbonne in Paris for one 
month this summer. 

IMSA senior Heather Taff of St. Charles 
was a Gold Key winner in the prestigious 
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in the 
category of memoir writing. As a result, 
her work advanced to the national level 
from more than 5,000 submissions. 

The IMSA Boys Tennis Team placed 8th 
in the state in the Illinois High School 
Association (IHSA) state tennis tournament. 


Alumni Achievements 

Recent Examples include: 

Class of 2000 graduate Alexa Bisinger 

of Naperville received the prestigious 
Fulbright Scholarship to study women's 
health issues in Ecuador. Bisinger will 
spend 10 months researching how cultural 
and social factors influence women's 
healthcare decisions, including whether 
their choices contribute to the South 
American nation's higher-than-average 
mortality rate among women who are 
pregnant or giving birth. 

Class of 2001 graduates Jeff Tamer of 
Schaumburg and Steve Downing of West 
Chicago qualified for the world finals of 
the International Collegiate Programming 
Contest in Prague. They are part of a 
three-person team from the University 
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — one 
of only 11 teams in the nation to advance 
to world finals 

Class of 1996 graduate Michael Brody of 
Highland Park was named a Policy Advisor 
to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in the 
area of homeland security. 

Class of 1993 graduate Shelley Minteer 
of Aledo, assistant chemistry professor 
at St. Louis University, helped to invent 
a biofuel cell that would power devices 
such as cell phones or laptop computers 
with ethanol-based substances. The bio- 
fuel cell she helped to invent can hold 62 
times more energy than traditional batteries, 
and will not harm the environment. 

Class of 1999 graduate Josh Gerlick of 

Somonauk is one of three founders of 
EANeedle, a fledgling company that is 
developing technology that uses ultra- 
sounds for biopsies in places that were 
almost impossible to reach using ordinary 
needles. This new technology promises 
to make earlier detection, better care 
and less invasive techniques possible for 
cancer patients. 

This issue of NOVA is dedicated in 
honor of retiring Charter Staff 
Members Susan Eddins, mathemat- 
ics faculty, Dr. Connie Hatcher, vice 
president for educational programs 
and services and Dr. LuAnn Smith, 
director of institutional research 
and enrollment management. 

Thank you for your outstanding 
commitment to IMSA, the students 
and educators we serve and the 
people of Illinois. 


IMSA Class of 1998 graduate Nicole Gerlach of LaGrange Park, a doctoral student in animal 
behavior at Indiana University, is pictured next to the newly renovated Wolf Woods exhibit 
at Brookfield Zoo. The exhibit was designed based on IMSA's Ecology "Kill Site" problem- 
based learning activity created by IMSA faculty member John Thompson. A sign at the 
exhibit states "Thanks to IMSA for inspiring this unique experience." 


IMSA Faculty Members Receive National 
Teaching Certification; Highest Standards 
for the Teaching Profession 

Almost one out of every four IMSA faculty 
members is now certified with the National 
Board Of Professional Teaching Standards, 
the highest standards for the teaching 

Three more IMSA faculty members recently 
completed all of the requirements to receive 
certification with the National Board of 
Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). 

Micah Fogel of Aurora, a mathematics 
teacher for nine years at IMSA and an 
educator for 12 years, was certified in 
Adolescence and Young Adulthood/ 
Mathematics teaching, Steve Condie of 
Naperville, a mathematics teacher for six 
years at IMSA and an educator for 13 years, 
also was certified in Adolescence and 
Young Adulthood/Mathematics teaching. 

Branson Lawrence of Somonauk, a science 
teacher at IMSA for 1 1 years and an 

educator for 23 years, received certification 
in Young Adulthood/Science teaching. 

As part of the National Board Certification* 
process, each teacher compiled and 
submitted a teaching portfolio which 
included videotapes of classroom teaching, 
lesson plans, student work samples and 
reflective written commentaries that detail 
what they, as teachers, were doing and why. 
They also had to complete an assessment 
involving a series of written exercises 
designed around challenging teacher issues 
such as curriculum design, student assess- 
ment and content knowledge. 

Certified IMSA faculty members also 
continue to help guide other Illinois 
teachers seeking NBPTS certification. 

This summer for the third year. Wellness 
teacher Barbara Baber, who was certified 
in November of 2001, will serve as a 

Trainer for the NBPTS. In this role, Baber 
trains and supervises other Physical 
Education teachers as Assessors (scorers) 
for the areas of Early-Middle Childhood/ 
Physical Education and Early Adolescence 
and Young Adulthood/Physical Education. 
Baber ensures that each teacher-candidate 
receives a fair, reliable and valid assessment 
of their work for their area. 

Recently, Baber conducted an assessment 
workshop for PE. teacher candidates and 
an awareness workshop for potential 

The National Board for Professional 
Teaching Standards, founded in 1987, is an 
independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan and 
non-governmental organization dedicated 
to raising the level of teaching excellence 
in classrooms throughout America. 


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